QOTD: What’s the Most You Will Pay to Have Autonomous Decency?
Yesterday, we talked about how self-driving cabs would quickly become absolutely filthy, the same way that most of mass transit is absolutely filthy. I’m not sure if that’s always the case, to be honest.
Which got me thinking about autonomous vehicles â€” is there a way I could ruthlessly limit the customer base of any given vehicle to those whose thoughts on personal hygiene, food disposal, and bodily fluids mirrored mine? There are surely people who are fussier than I am, as well, and perhaps they don’t want me in their vehicles.
I also suspect that the cost of using an autonomous service will have to slip below $499/month for people to well and truly consider it. Maybe it can be a little more expensive in Manhattan or Chicago but very few people in the Brave New World really have much more than five Benjis a month to spend on transportation. So let’s say that the base price for autonomy is $499/month. How much more would you pay for your tier? And what do you expect from that tier?
As for me, I’d pay $200/month more to have an outrageously exclusive set of parameters placed on my customer group. I’m thinking I want age restrictions for sure. Young people are messy and as Perry Farrell once sang, the elderlies are like children. I don’t want aromatic food in my vehicle. I don’t want the residuals of cologne or perfume in my vehicle. I want it to meet the standards currently set by my Accord â€” imperfect, but not more than ten minutes of cleaning away from being ready to sell.
How about you?
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July 14, 2017 at 10:12AM
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